Sports and Sexual Health Project

These four young people are students from Umoja Tanzania.  Umoja Tanzania is both our Project Partner and a participant of the YES! Programme.

These young people have taken part in the Sports and Sexual Health Project.  As part of this project they were first taught simple games that could be used to convey sexual health messages, such as the importance of waiting till the right time to have sex, condom use, the risk of HIV and not giving in to pressure from others to take part in risky behaviour.  Having learnt these games along with their messages they were then taught how to teach them to other young people, becoming peer leaders.  They then went to other schools and used the games to teach other young people.  Thus, increasing the reach of the project and creating sustainable delivery.

Young people from six other programme participants also received training in these games, becoming peer leaders, extending the reach of the project across the whole of Arusha.

The young people above shared the following during a chat about their experience of the project:

‘I feel more confident about dealing with the challenges I face in day to day life, about choosing the right time to have sex.’

‘I know more about my health, now how to avoid HIV and use a condom.’

‘Learning these health messages through games, helped information stay in my memory, better than learning in a class room.’

‘Doing the outreach was challenging as some of the young people were older than me and at first did not respect me.  I told them I was there to teach them and although I was younger they should respect me.  After than they listened.’

‘At the other school the young people did not always follow my instructions, I learnt to stay calm and explain to them again what I needed them to do, this helped them understand.’

‘I have gained more confidence by learning about these games and how to teach others’

‘I have spoken to my little sister about what I have learnt about sexual health.’

‘I told my little brother about the importance of using a condom to avoid HIV.’

‘I talked to my friends about some of the things I had learnt, although without the games it was difficult for them to understand’

We are delighted that this project is having such an impact on young people in Arusha and will continue to monitor and evaluate the performance of this project over the next 6 months, pop back here to see more feedback from those we are working with.

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